Friendships can be hard to let go of but if they’re toxic, you need to free yourself from them.
Have you ever had a friend that always one-upped you? If you were having a good day, they were having a better day. Or if you were having a bad day, they were having a worse day. Maybe you’ve had a friend who doesn’t support your dreams and goals or speaks negatively towards you when you express interest in something. These are all toxic friendships. Today I’m sharing 3 ways to let go of those friendships and improve your circle of positivity.
Have An Open Discussion With Them
Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. I say this because it all depends on the person you’re interacting with and their maturity level. Maybe your discussion with them was the slap-in-the-face they needed to stop being such a downer and release their own toxic energy. But also, there’s a chance that they’ll start yelling at you and make you feel like crap for not wanting to be around them. But that’s all on them, not a reflection of you. If this is the route you choose to go, and no judgement on which you choose, it’s going to take courage, strength, and honesty.
Slowly Stop Interacting With Them
This is like the intermediate option. You can slowly reduce how much you interact with this toxic person at your own rate. Whether it’s starting to say no to hanging out every now and then, ignoring their comments on social media, or taking time to respond to their texts. How quickly you stop interacting with them is your own choice. But there’s always the chance that this toxic person is going to give you some hate for your actions. Just be prepared for this. It’s the same situation as the discussion option. How they react is on them, not you. You have every right to not want to be around toxic people.
Simple Cut Them Out Of Your Life
This is the hardcore option, but sometimes most effective and least confrontational. You’re not cutting them out of your life to be mean or with malicious intent. You simply need peace and positivity in your life. And that’s completely okay and you are so deserving of that. You can stop texting them, block them on social media, and change your circle of friends. When you start making decisions about your life for you and you alone, you realize that maybe the activities you were partaking in have nothing to do with your interests. You start to learn who you are and what you love when you cut toxic friendships (and relationships) out of your life.
You’ll be better off for it, trust me.
Can you think of any toxic friendship you have? How are you going to change that?
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